CARLSBAD —Jim Flick, celebrated golf instructor and Carlsbad resident, has been named as one of seven inductees into the 2011 PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame.
The inductees will be honored Nov. 2, at the PGA Museum of Golf at PGA Village in Port St. Lucie, Fla., in conjunction with The PGA of America Fall Conference of Leaders.
Flick, who has served as the ambassador for TaylorMade Golf since 2006, headquartered in Carlsbad, is known as one of the most prolific active PGA teaching professionals whose 51 years of PGA membership includes his teaching in 23 nations and a student roster of more than 200 Tour professionals such as Jack Nicklaus and Tom Lehman.
One of the most prolific instructors in golf history, Flick has taught the game in 23 nations. Now 81, Flick was elected to PGA membership in 1959, and served as director of instruction for Golf Digest’s schools and guiding more than 1,000 multi-day programs. He was co-founder with legendary Jack Nicklaus of the Nicklaus-Flick Golf Schools (1991 to 2003); operated his own Jim Flick Premier School in 2002; and served as a lead instructor for the ESPN Golf Schools from 2003 to 2005.
The third recipient of the PGA Teacher of the Year award in 1988, Flick was the ninth instructor inducted into the World Golf Teachers Hall of Fame in 2002, the same year that he was inducted into the Southern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame. Flick also was a 1995 inductee into the Wake Forest University Athletic Hall of Fame; and in 1999, Golf World selected him one of the Top 10 Teachers of the 20th Century. Flick has coached more than 200 Tour professionals among countless amateurs and premier junior players.
A native of Bedford, Ind., Flick began playing golf at age 10, through the influence of his father, Coleman Flick, a Bedford City Champion. Flick attended Wake Forest University on a basketball scholarship and roomed six months of his sophomore year with Arnold Palmer, then a junior. Flick turned professional following graduation in 1952 and attempted to play tournament golf before determining that his future was in the club professional ranks.
Flick was involved with or authored five books, including “Square to Square Golf,” “Square to Square in Pictures,” “How to Become a Complete Golfer,” “Jim Flick on Golf,” “Swing Analysis by Jim Flick – Jack Nicklaus” and “Simply the Best.”
Flick and his wife, Geri, live in Carlsbad and are parents of four daughters: Jan, Suzanne, Kimberly and Vicki and a son, Stephen.
Originated in 1940 at the suggestion of famed sportswriter Grantland Rice,
the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame recognizes all PGA members who have made significant and lasting contributions to the building of The PGA of America and the game of golf.